Riding Along With CeaseFire’s ‘Violence Interrupters’

CHICAGO (CBS) — Armed only with good intentions and connections to the community, CeaseFire workers try to cool boiling tempers, allowing young people time to think.

Just a few miles from downtown Chicago, there are few parks, few activities, few role models, few adult men, CBS 2’s Bill Kurtis reports.

“You know, not being chauvinistic, you know, but sometimes that base in your voice can just change a child’s mind,” one CeaseFire worker says.

It’s not just men who further CeaseFire’s mission.

Ameena Matthews, daughter of imprisoned former El Rukyn gang leader Jeff Fort, waits for a call that means trouble. Fistfights are a thing of the past, and disputes are often settled with guns.

“If you get a capital murder — first-degree — it’s a rap for you. Even at the age of 15, 16 now,” she tells Kurtis during a ride-along.

Tio Hardiman, CeaseFire’s Illinois director, explains the mission this way:

“We work with the shooters. We work with the guys that nobody wants to work with. And we’re trying to make sense out of the madness and stop these guys from harming other people. This is a universal thing with the violence but it happens a lot in the African American communities and the Latino communities but the whole world needs a break on the word death.”

In Los Angeles, Police Chief Charlie Beck has formed a gang intervention academy. It remains to be seen if Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and new Police Supt. Garry McCarthy will encourage more of CeaseFire’s method of intervention or focus more on arrests and jail time.

  • Wallace Gator Bradley

    It’s amazing how they refuse to tell the public how and who create the concept and the purpose of Ceasefire, it was known as United In Peace, the founders are Larry Hoover and Wallace Gator Bradley, Bill, Tio and the young lady know the truth of how the creator of Ceasefire stole a concept and got rich from, go online to Unitedinpeaceinc.org, then hit Home and go online to freelarryhoover.org

  • g-man

    What do you mean there are just a few parks outside the downtown area ??? Look again and you will see many parks and activities paid for by tax dollars that go to waste because the natives destroy them. And now you complain about it. Why not complain about the destruction of good equipment and parks and not the after effects ?? Probably don’t want to do that that because that would put the blame directly where it belongs—on your people!!!!

  • Stone run away

    That old lady gator speak about is KEESHA Roberts a tramp a hore,,,and is not Jeff fort child it’s sad how she want to get publicity by saying he A killer SND she not wow

  • Stone run away

    KEESHA Roberts AKA. AMEENA Mathews. Sell more dope than any one on the streets you go sis make a fool out the devils

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    […] TWO’s Cease Fire initiative was recently featured on Channel 2 CBS news. In a ride along with Cease Fire’s Violence Interrupters reporter Bill Kurtis learned firsthand of the work and mission of this organization.  To read more click here […]

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